I was born in Brazil, state of Maranhao. My first taste of computing was at 7, copying BASIC programs from books into a tk-3000-IIe. I graduated from a Computer Science Bachelor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in 2001, and obtained a Master Degree from the same institution in 2005.
I have lived in Japan from 2003. First as an exchange student at Waseda University, and then as a MEXT scholar at Tokyo University, where I obtained a second Master Degree (2007) and a PhD (2010) under the supervision of professor Hitoshi Iba.
I was hired as a post-doc researcher back in Brazil at COPPE-UFRG in 2011, where I worked on the visualization and dimensionality reduction of Leukemia Data using Evolutionary Computation.
From 2012, I work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Department of Computer Sciences. Besides teaching and research, I am also active at academic international relations and coordination of exchange programs. I also coach for the ICPC teams at our university.
My research interests are Artificial Life, Evolutionary Computation, and Open-Ended Evolution of Computer Programs.